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This classic Italian dish pairs linguine noodles with shrimp and a delicious lemon, garlic and herb sauce. Shrimp linguine is light but satisfying and it’s also easy to make. There are only 8 different ingredients in this shrimp linguine recipe, or 9 if you want a parmesan cheese garnish. So, if you’re in the mood for a dinner that’s both comfort food and an elegant treat, you can’t go wrong with this lovely 20 minute shrimp linguine pasta dish.

A quick and delicious Italian shrimp linguine recipe, ready in just 20 minutes! Enjoy a delightful bowl of pasta, topped with succulent shrimp and tangy lemons.

If you’re looking for a mouthwatering Italian dish with seafood, lemon juice, garlic, and linguine, look no further. This shrimp linguine recipe is simple to prepare and offers a simple yet wonderful flavor.

Fans of quick and easy seafood dinners will also love this salmon and fresh vegetables with a creamy white wine sauce, this garlic tomato shrimp scampi, or this easy General Tso shrimp stir fry. Mushroom gruyere chicken might tempt your tastebuds if you’re not a seafood fan.

An Italian shrimp linguine, a quick and easy pasta dinner, served on a wooden table.

Why You’ll Love It

Quick and easy:  Speedy pasta recipes are always worth knowing and perfect for those busy weeknights. This shrimp linguine can be on the table in about 20 minutes flat, and yes that includes the cooking time!
Authentic Italian flavors: Linguine is a popular type of pasta noodle and shrimp features in plenty of classic Italian recipes. The lemon juice, garlic butter and parsley are also traditional Italian flavors, and all work so well together in this shrimp linguine.
Make it your own: You can change the recipe however you wish. Perhaps you’re not a seafood lover, in which case you can sub chicken. You might prefer spaghetti to linguine. Feel free to adjust anything you like.

A delicious shrimp linguine dish with a hint of lemon.

Ingredients Needed to Make Shrimp Linguine

This appealing shrimp scampi linguine recipe calls for linguine, butter, oil, garlic, shrimp, garlic and herb seasoning mix (here), lemon and fresh parsley, plus fresh parmesan cheese to serve. This is one of the simplest shrimp recipes to make but also a truly delicious meal idea!

Italian shrimp linguine ingredients on a white marble table.

How to Make Linguine with Shrimp

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Cook the pasta:  Cook the linguine in salted boiling water in a large pot until al dente. Drain it and set to one side with the lid on the pan to keep it warm.
Start the sauce: While the linguine cooks, melt butter in a skillet and add the oil, then stir in the minced garlic.
Cook the shrimp: Add the raw shrimp to the butter and olive oil mixture, along with the garlic and herb seasoning, and cook shrimp until light pink.
Finish off the garlic butter sauce: Remove the shrimp from the pan. Stir the lemon juice, fresh parsley and cooked linguine into the sauce.
The finishing touches: Warm the sauce up for a minute, adding salt and pepper if needed, and put the cooked shrimp back in. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh parmesan cheese if liked.

        Shrimp and pasta dish cooked in a pan with a red spatula.

Substitutions and Variations

Shrimp linguine is a highly customizable dish if you want to make changes. The linguine can be swapped for tagliatelle, spaghetti or even another pasta shape, and the parsley can be omitted if you aren’t keen. As for the cooking oil, use your favorite – olive oil is always a great choice.

A plate of shrimp linguine with a hint of lemon on a rustic wooden table.

You can use fresh shrimp or frozen shrimp, as you prefer, and fresh lemon juice or bottled if that’s what you have. If you do have fresh lemons, you can also garnish each plate with some lemon slices and maybe also add a little lemon zest to the sauce. Feel free to throw in a pinch of red pepper flakes if you’d like some heat.

An Italian shrimp linguine recipe that can be prepared as a quick 20 minute meal, featuring a plate of pasta garnished with parsley.

How to Serve this Shrimp Linguine Recipe

Serve this delicious cooked pasta and shrimp dish hot with parmesan cheese on the side so people can help themselves. If you want to pair a salad or vegetable side dish, that’s a great idea.

An easy shrimp and pasta dish that can be made in just 20 minutes.

Perhaps you’d like green goddess salad or smoked asparagus with your shrimp linguine. I like to serve it in cute patterned pasta bowls (here).

A plate of shrimp linguine with parsley, a delicious and quick-to-make 20 minute meal.

A glass of dry or off-dry white wine would be lovely with this. For an extra-fancy presentation, consider topping each serving with a large cooked langoustine and a sprig of fresh parsley on top of that.

An Italian shrimp linguine dish with lemons placed on a wooden table.

How to Store Leftover Shrimp Linguine

Store:  Leftovers should keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Freeze:  You can freeze leftover shrimp linguine for up to 3 months.
Thaw: Thaw it overnight in the fridge and then stir in a little white wine, chicken broth or oil if it seems dry, and then reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

A 20 minute meal of Italian shrimp linguine garnished with parsley.

Sensational Shrimp Linguine FAQs

Why does the butter call for both butter and olive oil?

If you only use butter, it might burn if you don’t add oil. If you only use oil, you won’t get that rich buttery taste, so using both ensures the best result!

What type of shrimp are best to use in shrimp linguine recipe?

That’s up to you. Use jumbo, medium or large shrimp, as you prefer, bearing in mind the larger ones will take an extra minute or so to cook through. If you have tail-on shrimp, just pull off the tails before you make shrimp linguine, since they are going to be mixed in and you don’t want anyone to accidentally get one in their mouth. Get the fresh or thawed shrimp peeled and deveined before starting on the sauce.

Prepare a delectable Italian shrimp linguine dish in just 20 minutes, utilizing a skillet to combine succulent shrimp with zesty lemon and aromatic parsley.

Shrimp Linguine Recipe

5 from 39 votes

Shrimp Linguine

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Enjoy an easy shrimp linguine recipe that is covered in a delicious lemon butter sauce. This 20 minute pasta dish will a family favorite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 Box linguine, 16 Ounce box, cooked al dente according to the box and drained
  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 Bags shrimp, 12 Ounce bags, raw medium-tail, peeled, deveined, and thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning
  • 5 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup fresh parsley, minced, plus more for garnish
  • parmesan, fresh, optional garnish


  • Cook the linguine to al dente and drain to the side while preparing the sauce and shrimp.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the avocado oil and mix well.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute or until fragrant and golden brown.
  • Mix in the shrimp, garlic, and herb seasoning and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp turn light pink and begin to curl up. Do not overcook.
  • Remove just the shrimp from the skillet into a large bowl.
  • In the skillet, stir in the lemon juice, fresh parsley, and cooked noodles and gently fold everything together.
  • Continue heating for 1 minute and then remove from the heat; stir in the shrimp and garnish with fresh parmesan, optional.


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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This is a lovely linguine with shrimp recipe for Italian food fans. The al dente pasta noodles, juicy succulent shrimp and garlicky, zesty lemon juice based sauce is sure to please your palate. Offer parmesan cheese at the table and don’t be surprised when everyone wants a second helping of this lovely shrimp linguine!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. 5 stars
    Sometimes, simple is best. And this recipe is a testament to that. No wonder it’s a classic!